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It’s the end of the world and we know it…

By Natalie Atwell | March 11, 2020

This is a lyric that is likely making many of your realize my age or generation at least! Honestly, I truly enjoy each year and life more with each year I’m blessed to live. Speaking of living, the new coronavirus, Covid 19, is freaking everyone out these days. I learned from a client last week…

A rare form of generosity…

By Natalie Atwell | February 13, 2020

I love the quote by Simone Weil, “Attention is the rarest form of generosity.” Personally, I believe her quote rings true today more than ever. At a time where people can physically,  be it at times technologically, connected, people often seem more disconnected to true genuine conversation and ultimately relationships than ever before. So you…

If mirrors could talk…

By Natalie Atwell | January 10, 2020

When I thought about making a New Year’s/January post, I wanted to mention the statistic I heard recently that only 45% of Americans have made a new friend in the past 5 years (www.studyfinds.com). This is sad, right? As I listened to many this week discuss goals, resolutions, diets, fasts, etc.  the only ones who…

Giving out of obligation or love

By Natalie Atwell | December 11, 2019

I love to wrap Christmas presents even if I get glitter from the ribbon all over my rug. However, sometimes as I wrap there are gifts I feel indignant about giving. Sadly, this is true and I’m confessing this before you. There are people in my life at times whom I’ve felt obligated to give a…

What NOT to say?

By Natalie Atwell | October 24, 2019

Have you ever had one of those “stick your foot in your mouth” moments. Well, I’ve had plenty….Recently, while on a trip to Chicago with my famous DJ friend, Candice and other friends, we were able to meet some of the actors and actresses from the Chicago Fire, Chicago Med, and Chicago PD TV shows…

A great recommendation from a teenager

By Natalie Atwell | September 26, 2019

Teenagers these days often are described as being self-centered, lazy, unmotivated, and addicted to social media instead of living life without posting about it or considering using a filter for pictures they post. I was encouraged this summer as I met a very amazing teenage boy at the beach who was so kind to my…

Identity Crisis

By Natalie Atwell | July 19, 2019

I remember growing up and hearing this phrase, “identity crisis’. It didn’t quite have the same connotation in the 80s and 90s as it does today. As I look around, interact with, and watch people on television, etc. it is clear to me that many people are truly in an identity crisis. Some define “identity…

Roger and the value of every life.

By Natalie Atwell | June 7, 2019

Recently, my son brought home a worm that he was supposed to nurture and care for that would turn into a beetle. I confess that I am not fond of bugs. I appreciate their place in God’s creation, but I don’t want them in my home. My son was excited about this insect he named,…

I didn’t know, but I knew…

By Natalie Atwell | April 18, 2019

Have you ever heard someone make this statement? Have you ever heard a story and thought, “Surely, they had to know”? As a counselor, I have the privileges of hearing stories weekly of people in all types of situations and circumstances. It is truly and honor to walk through tough times with people or to…

Is it ok to be angry?

By Natalie Atwell | March 14, 2019

This week I was given the honor of leading the devotion for Hendrick Motorsports at the weekly devotion lunch. It is such a blessing to join a company who values the word of God and its people enough to take time out of a busy week to focus on encouraging employees. The topic I was given…